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Adventure Tourism Awards 2018

The inaugural Adventure Tourism Awards will be held on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. The introduction of an industry led awards program is a first for the backpacker and youth travel industry.

With youth tourism contributing to just under 50% of the international spend in Australia this market is hugely valuable to the economy. This market finds tourism operators in every state working hard to ensure they deliver outstanding experiences of Australia and New Zealand. Hence the awards stand to recognise the amazing work these providers deliver to show off the best our countries have to offer!

AQ President, Mr David Cox comments: “It’s important that our industry comes together, as one voice, to not only celebrate our successes but to also collaborate on topics that impact our sector. I feel this is best done by our industry and that is why we are so excited to facilitate an awards program and conference that is put together by the industry for the industry”.

Board Member of BOA NSW, Mark Baldwin said: “It is great that AQ has taken the initiative to organise the Adventure Tourism Awards. It is evident that our industry wants an event like this and that it is now in the hands of an association that has the best interest of the industry at heart. BOA NSW looks forward to working with AQ in supporting the event”.

The Adventure Tourism Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of tourism businesses that service the backpacker and youth travel sector across Australia and New Zealand.

Voting is now open and closes on the 29 October, 2018. If you haven’t voted yet head on over to